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Puri Tourism

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  • State: Orissa
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Puri is located on the eastern side of India in the province of Orissa. Lying on the coastal strip in the Puri district, the destination is 60 kilometre from the city of Bhubaneswar. This coastal city lies on the golden triangle of Orissa, connecting with Konark and Bhubaneswar.

The city of Puri is known for its historic immemorial, sanctorum, architectural magnificence, balanced climate and divine significance. Counted among the most sacred pilgrim centres for Hindus in India, the destination is a seat of Lord of Universe, Jagannath, as per testimony of Skanda Purana. Honoured with the famous Jagannath shrine, the spiritual city is also known as Jagannath Puri. Positioned along the coast of Bay of Bengal, the city is one of the frequented tourist destinations in India.

All the cities of the triangular axis have well-known pilgrimage venues, exotic landscapes, beaches, historical sites that attract travellers throughout the year. Besides, the destination is a repository of art and architecture of India with testaments dating back to 3rd century B.C. This ancient town has ruins and testaments belonging to the period from 3rd century B.C. to 17th century A.D.

The spiritual city attracts devotees along with tourists from around the world for witnessing attractions like Temple of Child Krishna at Indradyumna Tank, Atharnala Bridge and Sudarshan Crafts Museum. The city also has the famous Sun Temple of Konark.

One of the major highlights of the city is Rath Yatra (Car or Chariot festival), which is hosted every year in the city. Puri Rath Yatra 2012 starts on 21st June at Jaganath Temple, Puri, Orissa. The festival marks the journey of Krishna known as Jaganath in this region, from Gokul to Mathura. Three huge chariots carrying the idols of Jaganath, his brother Balbadra, and his sister Subhadra are pulled along the streets from the Jaganath temple to the temple of Gundicha Mandir. On the ninth day, Rath Yatra is repeated in the opposite direction. Pilgrims and tourists throng to the destination to cherish the international event besides an annual Puri Beach Festival held in the month of November. 

The coastal city gained fame after Chodaganga Deva who built the temple of Purusottama Jagannath after winning a war. Over the years, association with Lord Rama, influenced renaming of city to Purusottama Kshetra, also known as Purusottama Puri, which exists as Puri at present.

Among well-known attractions in and around, Puri features Chilka Lake, a large inland salt-water lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the Childlike Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, the coastal city has emerged as an industrial centre with major industries like rice milling, handicrafts and fish curing.

The pleasant weather of the coastal city all round the year makes it an ideal destination for the travellers. With mild summers and cool winters, October to March is considered the best time to visit Puri.  
 

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Debasish Mishra
  • Debasish Mishra
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 5 Reviews

"Beautiful sea and variety of food to enjoy" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
You get to see lord Jagannath and enjoy a beautiful sea what else you need. Buy a local tour package to visit places like Konark, Chilika, etc. Lots of variety of foods like chats, momos, samosa, dosa, fish and crab fry are available on the beach. In case you wanna shop cloth materials, you can even shops there from many local and govt shops.
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Sumit Jaiswal
  • Sumit Jaiswal
  • 1 Review

"A place to be in the priority list" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Whenever I hear the name Puri, I just feel like being there. It's an awesome place to be. This place has an aura of it's own having the mix of holiness, beaches and many other historical monuments. The amount of peace you can feel in the Lord Jagannath's temple is tremendous.
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  • 17 votes

Juthika Mondalbera
  • Juthika Mondalbera
  • Lives in Howrah
  • 1 Review

"A trip with loads of fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We went to puri on 13th April. It's feel awesome when we see sea and hear the sound of weave. My 10 month old baby also was happy. We can see the sea from our hotel bed, so it's makes our mood fresh. Here weather was also good. Last but not the list Lord Jagannath! It's feel blessed when we enter to see God in the temple. We did shopping. We shop vegetables, fish, utensils, cloth Etc. There also lots of food at the beach. We stayed there for 7 days. Overall we enjoy a lot.
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  • 8 votes

Gangadhar  Moharana
  • Gangadhar Moharana
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 Reviews

"A pleasant stay" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
There is a lot of places visit in Puri town like sea beach, alarnath, lokanath temple, sunar gouranga, konark, satapada. Puri is known as sankha sekhra. Puri is mainly famous for lord jagannath. Every two to three month I went to puri. This is my favorite place where I spend more times. Which is a spiritual mind, pleasant & total peace of mind.
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Er Ayach
  • Er Ayach
  • Lives in Bhadrak
  • 2 Reviews

"An awesome place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Enjoyed a lot here in puri, saw lord jagannath temple, mausi maa mandir, grand road, puri beach and many foreigners too. Overall its the nice city to spend holiday for 3-4 days maximum after that you will feel boaring often. Visit with girlfriend to beach to spend good time with her.
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Sourabh Banik
  • Sourabh Banik
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"A pleasant place"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Puri is is a really beautiful place. The beach is so nice. The hotels there are nicely decorated so I love Puri very much. Puri is the most pleasant place I have ever seen. Puri is a very beautiful place. I am rating the place on the scale of 3.5.
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Nilesh
  • Nilesh
  • Lives in Varanasi
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  • 3 Reviews

"Great place thats it"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A must visit place of peace of lord Jagannath. Very clean sea beach. A place where you will admire to go again and again. A place where God stays himself. A place you will not forget but some people are cheating like photographers, vendors, etc.
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Sundeep aggarwal
  • Sundeep aggarwal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent place for religious visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the one of the destination / dham form the "Char Dham Yatra". This place is very different from other places in India. Puri have silent sea for bathing and other activities. Every body who have a faith in God must visit Puri. I like most Jagganath Temple in Puri and Sun Temple at Orrissa (40 km from Puri).

There are lots of variety food available at Puri of every state viz. , Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, South India, North India, etc. Veg and Non-Veg, Sea Foods are also easily available at Puri.

For the the Darshan at Jaggannath Temple always go early in the morning and never get involved in any Pandas Puja (they ask money only). Go your self, keep your mobile, shoes or bags at trust's free counter available at right of the entrance. Free counter available near to main gate right side (but the same was hidden by the pain counter owners).

Take darshan and never pay to pandas, deposit money (as per your choice) only in the locked hundis available at various places.

Then take prasad near the main entrance of main temple. Don't buy the prasad from the main temple's exit because they offer only 1000/- rupees prasad. Here low cost prasad Rs. 111/- always not available.
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Arihant Agrawal
  • Arihant Agrawal
  • Beachbum
  • 17 Reviews

"An excellent place to visit for sea lovers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are a sea-lover and your list of travel destinations has covered most of India's famous coastal regions and sea beaches, you just can't help but visit Puri. This was my second visit to Puri. Transportation facilities are easy and modest. Visited Jagannath and the Sea Beach. However, the city is not as developed as Bhubaneshwar. Puri known as one of the holy place in India. It is renowned as the place of Jagannath Bhagvaan. The location of the place is in the heart of the city surrounded by the sea.
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Samriddha Roy
  • Samriddha Roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A collage of all colours, local-enthusiasm and tradition in vast development"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you are a sea-lover and your list of travel destinations has covered most of India's famous coastal regions and sea beaches, you just can't help but visit to Puri, where in surplus you also get to visit the temple of Lord Jagannatha - in Puri offers an all-in one package. The small town of Puri has developed round the coast of the Bay of Bengal, & the tourist zone, the hotels & lodges have consequently raised orienting the beach. The famous Puri-beach is thus a juxtaposition of peace & chaos - in other words Puri offers an all encompassing vista - the vast, broad sea of complete serenity in one hand and on its shore the chaotic & congested population on the other - creating a remarkable combination of contrasts. & in my every visit, while entering Puri, the first look of the expansive sea in contrast to the crowd used to leave me awestruck.

The Puri beach is thoroughly sandy and long to which the main road runs parallel. This road serves as entrance to puri, links to the most bustling Swargadwar area and also leads to other important places around. One can find a lot of activities in and around the beach and nearby regions in Puri. The beach itself is full of amusement & enthusiasm - with stalls, permanent & temporary selling everyday stuffs, crockery & stationery materials and fanciful items made of sea-shell - the permanent shops mostly lining up the main-road. As for food, one can easily find regular stuffs every where and in the beach all kinda beverages like cold drinks and fresh green coconut water (which to me is the best to quench the thirst & stay cool), all street & junk foods like peas, masala/spicy puffed-rice etc.

Unlike other coastal regions and sea shores, Puri has an aura of simplicity and homely atmosphere about it and hence has always been a favourite hotspot and comfort destination for family travellers - as for me and my family, our visit in last July has been the 5th time.

Again if you are not to travel much to the suburbs for sightseeing & is here to have a complete relaxed holiday, the best is to chill out in the beach. You are no way to feel bore - even if you are not into it, your time will fly looking into the life & vivacity around & one would absolutely love the evening fair of the beach. The fair is not similar to the typical exotic beach carnivals and it carries a local flavor, local atmosphere and ambiance - from selling out beautiful handicraft items of seashell & canes, it has it all. But to me the most luring is the food items like the fried fish fillets of pomfret, snipper etc & the hot pickles served along. After all, the smell of salt water, the salty snacks and sea fishes together make a nice combo.

Puri market a shops is also platform of showcasing some of Puri's rich heritage, tradition & age old culture. So the hand-looms and handicraft museum in Puri is worth visiting, not only for shopaholics but for all to experience.

Puri beach is crowded at almost anytime except at post afternoon when the crowd begin thinning out (though this time should better be avoided for the general heat) again people start gathering during sundown to the sunset view - too astounding to give that a miss. & there blows the cool breeze to be felt and get swayed away.

Like most, I too have some fond memories of Puri and family outings there in the beach - playing with sand, some futile attempts at sand-art, crying for some ice cream chunks to soothe in the sun and many such. And now there are other entertainments arranged to increase the fun factor - like horse-ride, parks & camel rides. The camel ride I had last time was an amazing one.

But above these all, the fun to face the large waves, to skip & jump with it, to bathe till you drop & when drenched to get heavy with the weight of the sand particles all over your body is incomparable - these give all time experience which never lets Puri become old, boring or redundant.

As mentioned above Puri can also be taken as pilgrimage for the Hindus for its well known Jagannath temple. Even if you are not religious, this ancient shrine with intricate art works and an aura of spirituality has a power to draw you there. Yet again this is also over crowded and getting a glimpse of the mighty God will make you feel fortunate and blessed. The 'dhoja' - a ceremony of soaring the flag at the top of the dome to fly high is a sight to witness!

Puri has many other temples and the suburban regions have numerous others - of which Konark - the Sun temple stands first. A visit to it can only explain what it feels to experience such a heritage sight - what ancient culture and rich history it bears with it that means a lot even today. Others like Udayagiri-Khandagiri temples, Dhaulagiri (the Buddhist shrine - as 'Ango' has been a site of flourishing Buddhism under king Asoka' s influence) are also mention-worthy. And if you take some hour's journey, you can reach Bhubaneswar - the city of temples to visit Lingaraj temple of lord Siva.

Puri has small hills and rivers and lakes in its suburban regions - river Mahanadi, Chandrabhaga- its tributaries and R. Dayal (which most comes across on their way to Dhaulagiri) make some good tourist spots nowadays (which we visited last time). Among lakes Chilika lake are some tourist tour's attraction. Though our journey by a boat, exposed in the sun didn't intrigue me the first 2 times, but the last trip was rejoicing enough - as it was mid July and in the drizzle we could spot some hopping Dolphins and huge eager Swans. The Jawbone in the island amid the wide Chilka lake and the fishermen' net in it seemed interesting to me. The Chandrabhaga sea beach is also amazing and offers a distinct taste - comparatively less crowded and more entertaining & is slowly being a craze for tourists now.

One of my favourite sightseeing in and near Puri which I made sure to visit in last few trips is Ramchandi. Not far, but still away from the bustle and crowd where you find the broadness and openness of the sea at its best and the temple of Hanuman with a primitive charm to match with overall serenity and old undisturbed charm of the place.
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